X-Rays Of Marilyn Monroe To Be Auctioned
The screen's greatest sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, is usually depicted a certain way. But with the release of x-rays taken more than 50 years ago, Monroe can be seen in a new light.
"We have about five x-rays in total," said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, the company that is auctioning the x-rays on June 25th and 26th.
They were taken in November 1954 during a time of great turmoil for Marilyn. She had just ended her marriage to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.
On the x-rays, her name is still listed as "Marilyn DiMaggio."
"About a month later, after they had divorced, Marilyn went into the doctor and had these x-rays taken. We don't know what the problem was, but we do know it was around the time she had one of two miscarriages," said Julien.
Newsreel footage from the time shows Monroe checking out of Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami just two days after the x-rays were taken. She looked exhausted.
INSIDE EDITION showed the x-rays to New York gynecologist Dr. Valerie Wells who pointed out a medical instrument that's clearly visible in the x-ray.
"We will do this test in order to evaluate a woman to see if she is able to conceive," Wells said. "None of this demonstrates that it's a result of a miscarriage. But often, after multiple miscarriages, we can do this exam to make sure the pelvic structures are normal," Wells told INSIDE EDITION.
Monroe may have been afraid she couldn't have children.
Overall, the x-rays show Monroe was in good health.
"This looks like a chest x-ray of a healthy female. We can see the collar bones and shoulders here and the hands are on the hips here with the ribs, normal heart and normal lungs on both sides," said Wells.
The x-rays are part of a memorabilia auction which includes a pink Pucci sweater, size 12, a nightgown worn by the blonde bombshell, and never-before-seen photos taken during the filming of the 1959 classic Some Like it Hot.
But the x-rays tell the real story of Monroe's inner turmoil.
The x-rays being auctioned are expected to fetch between $800 and $1,200 a piece.